Region EU Playing Rules Summary



 

U5 & 6

U8

U10

U12

U14

U16

U19

Law 1 
The Field of Play

Marked & equipped to age appropriate size.

Law 2 
The Ball

Size 3

Size 4

Size 5

Law 3 
The Number of Players

3 v 3, 
no keepers

5 v 5,
no keepers

7 v 7

9 v 9

11 v 11
(7 min)

Plus Area 2J "1-up" and "No player plays 4 before all players play 3".

Area 2A/J "2 quarter" rule.

Law 4 
The Players' Equipment

Shirt, Shorts, Shinguards, Socks, & Shoes
(NO jewelry, including earrings & bracelets. No casts or splints.)

Law 5 & 6 
The Referee & The Assistant Referee

Unmodified
(Volunteers with appropriate level of training for each level. Field Monitors or coaches for U6, referees for older ages.)

Law 7 
The Duration of the Match

15 min halves

20 min halves

25 min halves

30 min halves

35 min halves

40 min halves

45 min halves

Law 8 
The Start and Restart of Play

Unmodified

Law 9 
The Ball In and Out of Play

Law 10 
The Method of Scoring

Law 11 
Offside

Not used

no "cherry-picking"

Unmodified

Law 12 
Fouls & Misconduct

Unmodified, see notes on Fouls & Misconduct
(Slide tackles are considered dangerous play at younger ages.)

Law 13 
Free Kicks

Direct Free Kicks only

Unmodified

Law 14 
Penalty Kicks

Direct Free Kick
at least "10-yards" from goal

Direct Free Kick
from Penalty Area line

Law 15 
The Throw In

"do-over's" allowed

"do-over's" allowed 
(first 3 weeks)

Unmodified

(Note FIFA has added a 2-yard minimum distance.)

Law 16 
The Goal Kick

"kick-in" from goal line

Unmodified

Law 17 
The Corner Kick

Unmodified